The Texas Family Code, Subchapter E, Section 162.401, establishes mutual consent voluntary adoption registries. This will allow an adult adoptee, birth parent, or sibling to place his or her name on the registry and to locate other family members who are also registered.

DFPS accomplished this through the Central Adoption Registry. This registry is maintained by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and is open to the following persons who are 18 years of older:

  • Adult adoptees (born and/or placed for adoption in Texas).
  • Birth parents.
  • Biological siblings of adult adoptees.

For more information, please see DSHS Central Adoption Registry.